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NukleoN
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« on: October 07, 2009, 03:32:13 AM »

Anyone know when the first oil-change should be done on the smart? I've heard 10K. Also, is it ok to use synthetic oil in the smart and is it recommended?

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« Reply #1 on: October 07, 2009, 08:55:32 AM »

Oil change recommendations are 10k miles or 1 year, whichever comes first.  Recommended oil is Mobil 1 0W-40.  The odor from the engine is probably the cosmoline protectant that is sprayed on the engine at the factory to prevent rust & corrosion from forming on the engine exterior.  You should however, make a visual inspection to make sure there are no oil or coolant leaks.  The most difficult part of the oil change process is re-setting the wrench symbol on the dash.  There are about 6 different methods to accomplish this or the dealerships can do this with there scan tool. smart gray
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« Reply #2 on: October 07, 2009, 09:08:03 AM »

Thanks Bob. Just making sure since a 10,000 mile oil-change is still new to me.

The smell is odd because although I know about the protective coating, I've got over 1000 miles on the car. I'll see if anything is leaking or burning...unusual.

How difficult is it to change the oil yourself? Is it worth it?

Oil change recommendations are 10k miles or 1 year, whichever comes first.  Recommended oil is Mobil 1 0W-40.  The odor from the engine is probably the cosmoline protectant that is sprayed on the engine at the factory to prevent rust & corrosion from forming on the engine exterior.  You should however, make a visual inspection to make sure there are no oil or coolant leaks.  The most difficult part of the oil change process is re-setting the wrench symbol on the dash.  There are about 6 different methods to accomplish this or the dealerships can do this with there scan tool. smart gray
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« Reply #3 on: October 07, 2009, 12:22:33 PM »

My "wrench" showed up at exactly one year, but I only had a little over 5k miles.  I went ahead and bought Mobil1 Synthetic and a Mobil1 filter from Autozone (AMAZING sale at only $19.99 for the set!!) and changed my oil before 10k.  It was easy to do, and I feel better knowing that any little metal slivers from the manufacturing process have been cleared out of my engine.
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« Reply #4 on: October 07, 2009, 12:51:08 PM »

Good on ya for doing it yourself! Ok, I shouldn't be too worried about it then since I've been changing motorcycle oil. I'll stick with Mobil-1 as well methinks.

My "wrench" showed up at exactly one year, but I only had a little over 5k miles.  I went ahead and bought Mobil1 Synthetic and a Mobil1 filter from Autozone (AMAZING sale at only $19.99 for the set!!) and changed my oil before 10k.  It was easy to do, and I feel better knowing that any little metal slivers from the manufacturing process have been cleared out of my engine.
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« Reply #5 on: October 07, 2009, 03:19:56 PM »

I had an oil change done after approximately one year.  I have not hit 10K miles yet.  My wrench has been on now for about 3 months, I couldn't get it to turn off...  Smiley
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« Reply #6 on: October 07, 2009, 03:46:14 PM »

I had an oil change done after approximately one year.  I have not hit 10K miles yet.  My wrench has been on now for about 3 months, I couldn't get it to turn off...  Smiley

OH DEAR!  You need to get that cleared out.  It took me about a hundred tries, but I finally cleared mine.

Here's what I did:
CLOSED the door!  (this apparently matters!!)

1: turn key on to position1
2: turn key off
3 turn key on to position 1
4: double click left button to bring up service interval (do not hold button in on last click)
5: turn key off
6: press and hold in firmly left button
7: turn key on to position 1 keep button held in firmly until resets

Again, it may take quite a few tries, so  first of all be sure to write down the miles on your trip odometer if you are keeping a log!!  You WILL reset it to zero a few times in the course of trying to reset the maintenance indicator!!
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« Reply #7 on: October 07, 2009, 07:43:58 PM »

I'm mechanically challenged (well, I work on my bicycles but that's as far as I go), so I have all that done at the dealer. I had my first oil change at 5k and the service at 10k. The first time they changed the oil apparently they used the wrong torque and it was leaking. Took the car back and they fixed it.  smart white
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« Reply #8 on: October 07, 2009, 10:24:11 PM »

We do the 10k service at our shop, but "suggest" that folks change the oil around 8K. Oil change is cheap insurance.

When we change the oil we use Mobil 1 0/40.
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« Reply #9 on: October 07, 2009, 10:29:22 PM »

Good advice, thanks. I think I'll do that.

We do the 10k service at our shop, but "suggest" that folks change the oil around 8K. Oil change is cheap insurance.

When we change the oil we use Mobil 1 0/40.
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« Reply #10 on: October 08, 2009, 09:01:53 AM »

Changing the oil & filter yourself is easy.  You don't even have to jack up the car.  The hard part is re-setting the wrench symbol on the dash.  I gave up after trying the procedure several times and took my car to smart Center, Cerritos, where they re-set the wrench for free after I showed them receipts for the oil and filter I purchased.  smart Center, West Covina would not re-set the wrench symbol unless they did the oil change and charge you for this as well.  I also recommend changing the transmission fluid.  This is real easy to do.  I used Mobil 1 75w-90 gearlube.  You will also need a gearlube pump with a small diameter tube that you can purchase at your local autoparts store.  The transmission seems to shift smoother even after the 2.0 upgrade which I did before changing the gearlube. smart gray
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